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Jocelyn's Reviews

Jocelyn began working at Bookshop Santa Cruz in 2010 after graduating from UCSC with degrees in Literature, History, and Theatre. She left in 2012 to attend graduate school in New York, but was happy to be able to return to work part-time during breaks. She has been working full time again at Bookshop after graduating with an MFA in 2015, and now wears multiple hats including IT, Magazines, Marketing, and more. You're most likely to find her reviews on nerd-things, including Science Fiction, Fantasy, Graphic Novels, as well as theatre, history, technology, and social justice.

Still Life by Louise Penny

This book is beautifully crafted, drawing you in through multiple layers of community, family, art, literature, and life—even while circling death. The beginning of a series that’s become a modern classic, the story pulls you in so strongly you find yourself wanting to linger in the Quebec village where it’s set. A murder mystery with a deeply human core, it’s a great escape. - Jocelyn

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Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780312541538
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Minotaur Books - September 30th, 2008

An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro

I came away from this book awed by a master. The chapters reveal the story of a great artist’s life, and show us layers of a personality we can’t quite trust but can’t help empathize with. The book captures a specific historical moment and, at the same time, evokes the dreams we all have of becoming our own people and the consequences of our decisions. - Jocelyn

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An Artist of the Floating World (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679722663
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Vintage - September 19th, 1989

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapowski

Meet Gerault of Rivia—the Witcher—a member of an elite but dying fraternity who fight monsters. Gerault navigates morality, kindness, monsters, and humanity in a world that borrows a lot from fairy tales but stays  close to home in terms of people. This collection of connected short stories delighted me with its characters and creativity. - Jocelyn

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The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316438964
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Published: Orbit - July 18th, 2017

Hunter of Stories by Eduardo Galeano

Eduardo Galeano passed away in 2015, leaving behind a great literary legacy that ranged from journalism to fiction to history and everything in between. Here for the first time in English, you will find the pieces he was working on at the time of his death. Poetic parables on history, politics, and human life, these will echo in your mind and your heart. - Jocelyn

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By Eduardo Galeano, Mark Fried (Translated by)
$26.00
ISBN: 9781568589909
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Published: Bold Type Books - November 14th, 2017

Live Cinema and Its Technique by Francis Ford Coppola

One of the living masters, Francis Ford Coppola intends to turn us toward the future in Live Cinema—a fusion of film and television already being shown (such as Grease Live!) and movie theater broadcasts of opera, ballet, and theater. Although Coppola wrote this as a critical manual of a burgeoning form, he also shares insights about film overall and draws on anecdotes and stories from his own life. A must for the film nerd. - Jocelyn

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$25.95
ISBN: 9781631493669
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Published: Liveright - September 26th, 2017

Maestros and Their Music by John Mauceri

What do you know about conductors—the women and men whose finger and baton tips somehow tie together dozens, even hundreds, of musicians to make the music we love? John Mauceri gives a breakdown of the techniques and passions of an almost undefinable art. He weaves the history of conducting into that of classical music, with stories and critiques of composition and performances that any music lover will find fascinating. - Jocelyn

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Maestros and Their Music: The Art and Alchemy of Conducting Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780451494023
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Published: Knopf - November 7th, 2017

Chuck D Presents This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History by Chuck D

Year by year, date by date, this book collects the album drops, platinum hits, collaborations, deaths, and holograms that have formed the rich and thriving history of rap and hip-hop in the United States. With beautifully written contextualizing commentary from Chuck D and terrific art from the artist collective mADurgency, this is the perfect gift for lovers of contemporary American music. I’m now waiting for Chuck D to write a prose book…. - Jocelyn

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By Chuck D, Shepard Fairey (Foreword by)
$29.99
ISBN: 9780316430975
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - October 10th, 2017

Defining Moments in Black History by Dick Gregory

Legendary comedian and activist Dick Gregory gives a crash course in the people and events of U.S. history that we didn’t learn, or didn’t learn enough of—specifically, the black parts. Interwoven throughout are his own theories on unilluminated history, as well as continual calls to black Americans to stand up and take possession of their history and themselves. No matter your background, you owe it to yourself to pick up this book, learn something, and pay tribute to this late, great American. - Jocelyn

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Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780062448699
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Published: Amistad - September 5th, 2017

Where the Past Begins by Amy Tan

The first thing you’ll notice is the writing—Amy Tan’s gorgeous prose. The second will be the almost casual references to her incredible family history and personal tragedy. You’ll be drawn in by the insight of one of our greatest living writers. Orbiting an emotional core, this collage of poetic thoughts and essays on art and language are intermingled with chapters of Tan’s heart-breaking real-life stories, creating a unique memoir that I can’t stop thinking about. - Jocelyn

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By Amy Tan
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062319296
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Published: Ecco - October 17th, 2017

Coming to My Senses by Alice Waters

Alice Waters opened the legendary Chez Panisse in 1971, and neither the cuisine of California nor that of the Western world has been the same since. Here in her first memoir, Waters puts together the pieces—female friendships and male lovers, childhood memories and adult journeys, music and art and France and the ’60s—that brought her to her legacy on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley. Lovely and nostalgic with the hope of the last century, it will whet an appetite for beauty and change. - Jocelyn

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Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780307718280
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Published: Clarkson Potter - September 5th, 2017

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